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Headword: *menetoi\ qeoi\ kai\ mh\ a)podidw=si mishti/a|
Adler number: mu,607
Translated headword: long-suffering are the gods and (if) he does not pay back out of insatiability
Vetting Status: high
Meaning [they are] patient in suffering and not quick to punish, steadfast and firm and not easily deceived. 'Insatiability' [is] lack of restraint in sexual matters.[1] But [sc. here] it is perhaps, more generically, greed, avarice.
Greek Original:
*menetoi\ qeoi\ kai\ mh\ a)podidw=si mishti/a|: a)nti\ tou= a)neci/kakoi kai\ ou)k eu)qe/ws timwrou/menoi, e)pi/monoi kai\ be/baioi kai\ ou)k eu)ecapa/thtoi. mishti/a de\ h( ei)s ta\ a)frodi/sia a)krasi/a. mh/pote me/ntoi genikw/tero/n e)stin h( a)plhsti/a, h( ai)sxroke/rdeia.
An approximation of Aristophanes, Birds 1620 (web address 1), with material from the scholia there.
According to one of the scholia, the first half of the line is the first half of a proverb -- "the gods are long-suffering but not deceitful" -- though it does not appear as such in the paroemiographers. 'He' is a hypothetical person who thinks he can promise them a sacrificial victim but withholds it.
[1] cf. mu 1113.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; gender and sexuality; proverbs; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 17 March 2009@09:29:46.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, link, status) on 20 March 2009@00:50:15.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 20 March 2009@04:27:40.
David Whitehead on 16 May 2013@05:14:59.


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